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Steve Kimock Band Live at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom on 2004-05-15

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Steve Kimock Band Live at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom on 2004-05-15

Topics Live concert

High & Lonesome
Bad Hair
Storm Crow
Arf She Cried
One For Brother Mike
Band Intros
A New Africa
Severe Tire Damage
Yabba Dabba Doo
Elmer's Revenge
Rainbow's Cadillac
Tongue 'n' Groove

Collection SteveKimockBand
Band/Artist Steve Kimock Band
Venue Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Location Denver, CO

Source Nakamichi CM-1000s > V3 @ 48k > Sony PCM-M1
Lineage Sony PCM-M1 > Delta Dio 2496 > Samplitude 7.0 (48k > 44.1) > CDWAV > WAV > SHN
Taped by Nic Brokenleg
Transferred by Nic Brokenleg


There's always lots of crowd chatter in Cervantes' and this night was no exception. The noise seems to have gotten on Steve's nerves just a bit.

Lineup: Steve Kimock, Rodney Holmes, Mitch Stein, Leo Traversa, Jim Kost


Reviewer: SGT9hJGI - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2015
Subject: Worth a (re)visit
I burned this show onto discs when it was put on in 2004. I hadn't listened to it since then until recently when I was reminded at how strange of a show this is -- the STFU incident. As others have mentioned there is a tense exchange between SK and what sounds like a few people in the crowd. While it's certainly distracting it seems to change the dynamics of the performance a bit. Listen to 'Elmer's Revenge' -- it's an inspired version despite the distraction.

General crowd noise is quite loud in this recording but it's still worth a listen.
Reviewer: FussyDutchman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2008
Subject: good for kimock!
its about time someone yelled at the stupid fucks who talk at shows. seriously its a problem. if your gonna talk dont go to the show and ruin it for the people who care about the music. plus it seems a ton of people talk real loud right next to the mics. have some respect. kimock didnt get respect, so why should he respect them?

good show btw
Reviewer: loserkid137 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2005
Subject: What? Kimock?
What? Come on Kimock. Why are you yelling at people to shut the fuck up. That's just rude. I mean yeah you are sweet but seriously you can ask politely to be quiet. And then to say, this isn't moe? What the hell does that imply. I love moe, i'm not running around yelling shit.

Anyways, just seems a little ridiculous to me. Sad to hear this, i was really looking forward to seeing him at haymaker, but he seems to be very arrogant. Yeah the first time he says stfu is one thing, but then he comes back and does it again. Just ridiculous, arrogance. God damnit.
Reviewer: teakwoodbetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2004
Subject: Hell Yeah Steve!
I don't know who's ever seen a SKB show before, out of the ppl that have written these reviews, but I know that when you're there, its real hard not to be totally engulfed in the music. This recording has a ton of crowd noise, as well as people screaming shit during the actual jams ("you're a bunch of fucking pussies" repeatedly). I know if I was up on a stage performing for that crowd and a select group of people were being rude, I would be pissed off too. Steve's just doing what any self respecting performer would in that situation: sticking up for the music. The only thing that makes this show 4 stars is the people in the audience yelling. The music and quality is great.
Reviewer: ibis5 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: never heard of
never heard of this gentleman before. but i did like the music which is why i like this site.....
Reviewer: soundweaver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2004
Subject: Let's not be too harsh....
Decent show. Decent recording. Worth the d'l for sure....after all, it is the Steve Kimock Band. Steve is a passionate person. His passion comes through his being, especially when he's playing the guitar. Let's cut him a little slack on the stfu episode. I'm sure we've all been caught up in a moment of passion and said and/or done things that in retrospect may not have been the "best" way to handle a situation. To say that he is a narcissistic prick or that you'll never support him again is just as harsh and passionate as the original incident in Colorado. We must have more tolerance. Take a glance at how many shows he played leading up this show. He is human and must be allowed the space to make mistakes. If you are reacting strongly to what he said, then you obviously have a button there that got pushed. You've just been given the opportunity to grow.....maybe you could look at Steve and this incident as an important step in your personal evolution. Steve is a powerful teacher....Only if you are willing to learn. Forgiveness and compassion my friends. Much Peace
Reviewer: johnk - favoritefavorite - June 17, 2004
Subject: I never thought I would see the day!
I am split on this one folks. I am a taper as I am sure many of the posters are....I know what its like trying to get a good recording and having some idiot hootin and howling bullshit....But sometimes I have to remind myself thats all part of the experience....Yeah I want a clean recording, so does everyone...But that doesn't give me the right to impede on someone elses good time, nor does it give them the right to impede on mine.....however when an artist does something like this, it is puzzling...what the hell was he thinking........ITs a bit narcisistic to tell everyone shut the fuck up and listen to me!! people are there to have a good time, what ever that means to them, If steve expects everyone not to talk, stand there like zombies and focus on his every repeating riffs. He needs to come down a couple of pegs.....he could resolve this issue if he would just bring back stage recording...insted of trying to sell me that was the begining of the end for me with kimock..I will never buy it..........I will live with the recording being done now from the back...and if he stops that I will stop seeing kimock....
Reviewer: RD9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2004
Subject: Do you know where the mikes were placed for the VBR MP3 recording of the show?
Someone said this was an onstage recording but from the crowd noise, is this true? Thanks
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2004
Subject: The possibility of bliss
One of the rare qualities that transcends trane is the possibility of bliss. Trane's meditation indulged sorrow and pain because that, unfortunately for all of us, was his experience. Kimock represents a brighter possibility. Take it for granted at your own risk.
Get some food. I think your blood-sugar is low.
Reviewer: lovemusicfood - favoritefavorite - June 4, 2004
Subject: Kimock Outburst stupid
Let's get serious here. This music is not opera, serious jazz(Coltrane, Shorter, etc.), classical Indian music(Ravi Shankar etc.) or anything like that.
I even think that western art music, including opera is too uptight anyway. I have been to performances where they won't even let you in the door while the people are performing. Give me a break.
Steve Kimock makes a living off of this scene, and he knows exactly what he is getting into when he plays a ballroom, and not small laid back jazz place, or a theater. His music is geared towards the jamband scene, and to a certain extent, people can pick up on how serious, or deep, or spritual or whatever you want to call it, the music is. To me, it says something about his music that people aren't listening.
Reviewer: tresorejas - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2004
Subject: Did we forget what music is?
You know it's about time artists start telling the crowd to shut the &*^% up. I am personally tired of going to shows and having to listen to someones banter, go stand in the bathroom idiots. I think that we have lost the respect given to performers, I pay good money to see a show and expect to see a good show without someones conversation going on behind me. Did your parents not teach you any manners? I saw a Skerik show in Flagstaff last summer and he basicly chased three frat boys to the back and then went into one of his heavy sax distortion moods. Respect the other people around you and the band. Good show.
Reviewer: terrencepoc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2004
Subject: Respect
It all comes down to respect. Obviously some people lack that respect and class. I've unfortunately watched those people slowly ruin what used to be a very tight knit music scene. I thought it was about the music right?!?...But then time after time...distractions from the music. Steve Kimock is one of the premier guitarists on the scene right now, respect to him for wanting to hush the people that aren't there to listen to the music! Oh yeah, to the point...ok show...continuously great music. Sorry to those who took offense to Steve's're probably the one's he's talking to...but I digress.
Reviewer: benwirth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2004
Subject: In Steve's Defense
I think I have to take the defensive here. I realize that Steve is there to entertain people, but it is only common courtesy to be quiet when a band is playing, I don't understand when this went out of fashion. How many operas have you been to have been this ruined with chatter? It's unbelievable. I put SKB shows much in the same boat as jazz shows, they both have long, relatively slow songs and I can guarantee you won't hear this kind of chatter at ANY jazz show. Those concert goers have respect for the music they are hearing. Steve made it clear many times for the audience to be quiet, I don't think he's out of line at all. People come to see concerts to hear music. If you want to hang out with friends and talk up a storm, don't pay the money to see a show: go to a bar. Crowd noise has plagued numerous live shows lately, I just hope people get the message and knock it off (apparently not, 5/16 has just as much ridiculous chatter). On a musical note, SKB is really playing well. I hope that the onstage recordings limit the crowd noise and save the music.
Reviewer: opus80466 - favorite - May 21, 2004
Subject: Kimock < Mitch
First of all, this is a great tape for Cervantes. It sounds great without too much chatter, and I can't wait to hear some of the other sources that were there that night. There is a rippin' Mitch solo on Yabba Dabba Do, but it is unfortunate that Kimock killed the buzz of the whole place before and after that tune by repeatedly demanding that the crowd SHUT THE F*&K UP! As you can hear on the tapes, it is not that loud for a cement room with 800 people inside. To hear this outburst, listen to the tracks STFU and STFU #2. I had a great time at the show, but I definitely lost a lot of respect for Steve and his stage manners. You could hear the music fine from any place in the whole venue. After Kimock yelled at the crowd, you could tell he was upset. He ended up resorting to his typical mediocre guitar noodling/playing the melody of the song 28 times instead of laying down some funky solos to make people stop and listen. Fun show though!

Revision: If you think there were only 400 people there this time, there's going to be a whole lot less chatter when only 100 show up for the next one after this episode. There may be a few 'flok' that will always be on their knees in front of kimock, but for the most part, he pissed off a large portion of the local colorado jam scene. I can say that I was getting tired of watching a 5 star band perform with a guitar noodler before this show, and now that the noodler is behaving like a 5 year old prima donna, I'm not going to give him any more of my money. Bring back the Herminators! I'll pay to see them anyday! I agree with the other poster, that we are his employers. Nobody at that show was out of line. Everyone was just having a good time and it is the nature of the room that made it loud (and it wasn't even that loud). This is a well known fact about this room. If I behaved that way at work to my clients, I would be fired in a second. If he doesn't like chatter and bars, book him in a symphony hall and charge 75 dollars. I know I won't be there.
Reviewer: GrantF - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2004
Subject: Good for Steve!!
I think what Steve said is way overdue. I was not at this show but I will say I have been very pissed off at some idiots who acted like they were at some fraternity party at sveral SKB shows. If they want to get obnoxious and drunk and can't handle it they need to take their party someplace else. In my opinion, there's a certain level of expected manners and courtesy that listeners at shows like SKB should have. Most people who go see Steve are there to experience something more that what's on the surface...they are deep into the music and the sonic beauty that is created and flows throughout the sets. This is often times ruined by idiots who can't handle there alcohol and think there just out partying. I say those people need to get out. SKB plays there asses off every show and I don't blame Steve for what he said.
Reviewer: spinephixer - favorite - May 21, 2004
i can't believe what i am hearing on this show. i will OFFICIALLY never d/l, listen to, or go to another kimock show again. fucking asshole. who does he think he is? i don't care how good he is - he has no right to tell people to "shut the fuck up" like that - over and over again. does he not realize that he is there to perform for THEM, and they are not there for him. fucking egomaniac. and i don't care if it is rude - he could have some class and manners and ASK them to be quiet and respectful. no wonder phil booted his ass. i would give this show ZERO stars if i could because steve kimock is an arrogant, narcissistic prick.
Reviewer: skb archives - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2004
Subject: Crowd Noise
There was approx 400 people at this show, not
Reviewer: Lee H - favoritefavorite - May 20, 2004
Subject: Noise
This show generated lots of traffic and commentary on a Kimock listserve. Listening to the tapes, you can hear repeated shushing from the crowd. Obviously, noise was an issue for many people--resulting in Steve's less-than-diplomatic plea for less talk, more attention. Saturday night brings the party crowd.

Crowd noise detracts from the music.
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